DIY Harry Potter Crafts

Harry Potter World

I'm a geek, through and through. I love all things Harry Potter. One of the highlights of working on the road was the chance I got to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

On this page I'll share my pics and favorite Harry Potter-related crafts.

When my grandkids turn 11, they get an admittance to Hogwarts kit. I have great fun building this kit. It includes:

The Acceptance Letter on parchment, sealed with wax and the Hogwart's Stamp, delivered by owl, of course.

A work robe, school books (from Amazon), a wand, a cauldron, a train ticket for Platform 93/4, a wand pen or quill if I can find one, and a Sorting Hat (paper pop-up).

And, so they don't get lost--A Marauder's Map. Thanks to Britta who provides this free download to HP fans, but don't copy it for profit. It's for non-commercial use only. Here's the link:

Make your own Mini Marauder's Map

The web page where I found how to make the Acceptance letter no longer exists so I will do my best to show you what I did.

First, I started out by playing with different fonts. I ended up using Hogwarts Wizard for the letterhead just under the seal, Bradley hand ITC for the body of the letter and Monterey for McGonagall's signature in green.

I printed the letter exactly as it reads in The Sorcerer's Stone page 63 of the paperback edition and pages 82-84 for the list of supplies needed. I printed on regular paper first to make certain everything would fit between the seal and the bottom of the page. Hold the two pages up together against a light to see how the printing will fit.

Then I used Parchment paper bought from Warner Brother's website. It has the Hogwart's seal printed at the top. It comes in a roll so you need to reverse roll it before you print so it will lay flat.

After it dries, fold into quarters. I use quarter-fold size parchment envelopes (also on Amazon). I print the child's name and address on clear label, full sheet size, in green ink and cut it out to add to the envelope. Stuff the envelope, then seal with wax. I found a Hogwart's and a Griffindor's wax stamps, along with sealing wax all on Amazon. 

The Owl Post stamps come from Warner Brother's Shop. They're real stamps you can use in the mail--more convenient than knuts.

The Sorting hat is a Pop-Up Card

 I started by making the hat on a fold. I used toast colored textured paper. For a more authentic look you could use a crumpled paper sack or Kraft paper.

I looked at pictures and drawings on the internet and shaded the creases with brown colored pencil. I didn't want it to be exactly the same, but I did want it to be recognizable.

I did this twice, once for the outside and again for the inside. I shaded the inside differently to include the face.
I folded the inside in half and cut a slit perpendicular to the fold where I wanted the mouth to go. Then I folded the top and bottom of the mouth outward. I had to watch a tutorial on Pop-Up books to figure this out. I also cut eyes, but you could shade them instead.

I placed the two pieces of the hat together, the face inside of the outside piece and glued the two pieces together being careful not to glue the mouth. I shaded inside the mouth and added "Better be. . . Gryffindor."

I folded the tip of the hat inward and downward.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Orlando October 30, 2010
Talk about a dream come true!
Yes--it's true. I'm a total Potter Geek. I was working in Florida,  maybe a couple of hundred miles from Orlando. I decided I might never get this close again, so I took a side trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was Amazing!! If you ever get the chance to go you need to spend a whole day, at least. I could spend a week easily! The restroom in Hogsmeade is haunted by Moaning Myrtle! The food, especially the butterbeer, and the whole atmosphere was like stepping right into the books and movies!

Dumbledore's office

The Sorting Hat

Defense Against the Dark Arts
Godric Gryffindor
Sherbet Lemon

Owl Post

The Three Broomsticks
Roasted chicken and veggies
Butterbeer was divine!


I can hardly wait to get back there to tour Daigon Alley!

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